TGIF: Optimal Care?

It’s Friday and this means Paula Light is rambling on in her TGIF post. I don’t join in each week, but today, I’d like to.

Today, I received optimal care as per my current care home’s standards. That is, my day schedule wasn’t disrupted and I had one staff member for the entire shift both morning and evening. My assigned staff says this means I’m lucky. I considered myself lucky this morning indeed, since one of the regular staff was my one-on-one staff while two temp workers were supporting the other clients. My staff for the day explained that one of the temp workers knew the other clients pretty well and he’d never worked with me, so it was decided that he’d do his shift supporting them. This, indeed, does make me feel fortunate.

However, with respect to the day schedule, I still feel that it could be better. And I don’t mean with me receiving quantitively more support. I mean that I’d like longer support times and fewer but longer times without support. I also probably want to work towards going to a day center.

I’m probably going to insist I’ll attend the meeting with the behavior specialist, support coordinator, my assigned staff and my mother-in-law next week. In my opinion, given how it’s been going over the past couple of weeks – better than before -, I’m not dead set on leaving this home as of yet. However, I do need to make sure that there’s going to be at least some room for improvement on the part of my care home. Judging from my staff’s comments, I’m pretty sure there isn’t and in fact they want me to adjust to less and less suitable for me care.

8 thoughts on “TGIF: Optimal Care?

  1. I’m glad you had a good day, but I feel that in every area we have to make do with substandard care, services, products, etc., so that on the rare occasions things are merely adequate we jump for joy. It’s increasingly tedious…

    Thanks for joining in! ❤️

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    1. I agree. That being said, I’m still lucky in the sense that I get one-on-one support at all, given that most of my fellow residents hardly get any one-on-one attention from the staff.


  2. I’m glad you received relatively good care yesterday. I think you should definitely insist on attending the meeting, as it’s all about you, and it just seems quite unhealthy that they wouldn’t even consider your opinion during it, you’re an adult after all so you definitely should have a say or at least be present while they’ll be talking about you and your needs.

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    1. I agree 100%. Besides, I think honestly my opinions might be more nuanced than my mother-in-law’s. Partly I’m to blame for this, because I don’t text her as extensively when things are going relatively well as when things are going badly. And the things going badly vs. relatively well largely depends on the staff and I won’t know who I’ll get if I move.

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      1. That makes lots of sense. Yeah, even when you have a good spokesperson like your mother-in-law seems to be for you, she’s still not exactly in your shoes and won’t be able to give them your entire perspective as well as you could.

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